Trump backs Sen. Paul’s plan to fund infrastructure projects with suspended

Trump backs Sen. Paul’s plan to fund infrastructure projects with suspended aid to Pakistan

January 06, 2018 9:15 AM

President Donald Trump on Friday evening issued support for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal to fund infrastructure projects in the U.S. with foreign aid halted from going to Pakistan.

President Donald Trump on Friday evening issued support for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal to fund infrastructure projects in the U.S. with foreign aid halted from going to Pakistan.

“Good idea Rand!” came the president’s response.

In a tweet Thursday, Rand, a Kentucky Republican, said he planned to introduce his proposal soon.

“My bill will take the money that would have gone to Pakistan and put it in an infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home,” the senator tweeted.

On Thursday, the U.S. announced plans to end up to $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan. The reasoning: The U.S. State Department contended that Pakistan had failed to take “decisive action” against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighboring Afghanistan.

The figure represents about $1 billion in planned military assistance, including $255 million that was placed on hold in August, and about $900 million in Coalition Support Funds intended to reimburse Pakistan for counterterrorism operations.

Earlier in the week, President Trump contended that the U.S. had “foolishly” given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but “lies & deceit.”

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, accused Pakistan of playing a double game for years, at times working with the U.S. while harboring terrorists who attack American troops in Afghanistan.

“That game is not acceptable in this administration. We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism,” she said.

 

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